By Mikel Chavers
For Standish, a small town in northern Michigan that’s home to a maximum security prison the state is preparing to close Oct. 31, the economic effect of the closure will be felt pretty hard—unless the facility is picked by the federal government to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.
But the small town’s fate hangs in the balance and just one month away from closure and job loss, the town still waits on word from the federal government.
The prison is the small town’s largest employer.
Michigan’s unemployment rate is already at 15 percent and closing prisons is a hard pill to swallow. “That creates even greater pressures for us,” said John Cordell, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections.